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Lee Pepper

Community Writer

Lee loves zines, public history, and adventures. They've been writing for Apt613 since March 2013, and worked as a staff editor for the blog from May 2015 to January 2017. They're a nonbinary trans person who uses they/them pronouns.


CCOC talks with Councillor Tobi Nussbaum

On May 19th, Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC), at its Annual General Meeting, hosted a panel of city councillors. As a CCOC Board member, I was fortunate to have the opportunities to quiz the councillors about their opinions on topics ranging from zoning to gender dynamics to citizen engagement.   What followed was a lively discussion among Councillors Catherine […]

CCOC talks with Councillor Jeff Leiper

On May 19th, Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC), at its Annual General Meeting, hosted a panel of city councillors. As a CCOC Board member, I was fortunate to have the opportunities to quiz the councillors about their opinions on topics ranging from zoning to gender dynamics to citizen engagement. What followed was a lively discussion among Councillors Catherine McKenney […]

CCOC talks with Councillor Catherine McKenney

On May 19th, Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation (CCOC), at its Annual General Meeting, hosted a panel of city councillors. As a CCOC Board member, I was fortunate to have the opportunities to quiz the councillors about their opinions on topics ranging from zoning to gender dynamics to citizen engagement. What followed was a lively discussion among Councillors Catherine McKenney […]

Gargantua Printing: Wear your politics on your sleeve

At Apt613, we love profiling the scrappy upstarts of Ottawa, people working on their dream projects, sharing an idiosyncratic vision, and reflecting the wide range of interests, backgrounds, and talents present in this city. Gargantua Printing, a new, Ottawa-based one-person print shop, caught my eye because of their cute yet outspoken designs and their commitment […]

Interview: Queering613’s Dillon Black (Part 2 of 2)

Queering613 describes itself as “a volunteer-run grassroots community love project committed to connecting LGBTQ+ folks to Ottawa’s queer & trans cultures, organizations & issues. We want to be a community space for connecting, getting together, making, amplifying & learning about Ottawa’s LGBTQ loves & faves, its exciting happenings & the issues nearest & dearest to our […]

Interview: Queering613’s Dillon Black (Part 1 of 2)

There’s a new queer collective in town, and they’re combining activism and advocacy with fun and glittery social get-togethers. Queering613 describes itself as “a volunteer-run grassroots community love project committed to connecting LGBTQ+ folks to Ottawa’s queer & trans cultures, organizations & issues. We want to be a community space for connecting, getting together, making, amplifying & […]

Welcome to Babely Shades’ Space Jam!

For a great opportunity to hear some up-and-coming local artists, stop by Pressed this Friday for the launch of a new monthly music series that aims to promote young up-and-coming artists, particularly those who are queer and/or people of colour. This Friday’s show features November from Montreal, Perkolator from Peterborough, and Ottawa’s own Pith, one half of […]

Ottawans offered A Taste of the Arctic next Monday

While Ottawa has the largest Inuit population outside of the Arctic, many Ottawans who don’t have ties to the North have few opportunities to experience the richness and diversity of Inuit culture. Next Monday, an event offers Southerners an opportunity to sample the NAC kitchen’s take on a variety of Inuit culinary delicacies, with ingredients […]

Rae Spoon on self-care, mentorship, and touring while trans

Rae Spoon’s new album, Armour, comes out today.  Their cross-Canada tour in support of it will be coming to Ottawa on Friday, February 26th.  We chatted with them by phone about the album, the tour, and Ottawa. Rae Spoon has released 8 albums, two books, and an autobiographical documentary, and their work often reflects intensely personal […]

Chris Binkowski on accessibility in Ottawa’s music scene

Apt613 spoke with Chris Binkowski, a painter, busker, and, founder of Accessibility for Humanity, an advocate for making businesses and other spaces in Ottawa more accessible. Recently, Accessibility For Humanity has been working with Stopgap Ottawa to provide businesses with free wooden portable ramps. He generously shared his experiences and thoughts on places and events […]

Candidates to set the record straight on LGBTQ issues

The One World Film Festival, an annual documentary film festival that focuses on social justice, human rights and environmental issues, is wading into the political fray with a candidates’ debate on topics affecting LGBTQ communities.  The event promises to see where some of Ottawa’s federal candidates stand on “trans rights, HIV criminalization laws, the blood-ban, support […]